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Cost of Living in Koh Samui for Digital Nomads

Koh Samui sunset

If you’ve never been to Koh Samui, let me tell you, it’s one of the most incredible places on the planet. I know because I lived there for two years and even have a tattoo on my arm of the view I had -I loved it that much!

One of the best things about living on this picturesque Thai island is the very affordable living costs. The cost of living in Koh Samui was a major draw, and soon you’ll see why.

Cost of Living in Koh Samui

Koh Samui sunset

One of my favorite things about living in Koh Samui was that I was able to save a ton of money while living in paradise. The cost of living in Koh Samui is insanely low (compared to Western countries); however, should you wish to, it also allows the opportunity for you to choose to live more luxuriously too.

The list below comes from my own personal experience, scouring reliable sources, and speaking with other digital nomads who have lived on the island for a few months. On average, the cost of living per month for one person is $1,139 and $2,497 for a family. Amazing, right?

Cost of Accommodation in Koh Samui

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There are many amazing options when it comes to accommodations on Koh Samui. There are apartments and bungalows, houses, villas, hotels, and resorts – all with varying prices and amenities. Here’s a bit more about each.


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When I lived on the island, I chose to live in a one-bedroom bungalow. Bungalows and apartments are great options for those staying both short and long-term – and they can be quite affordable. For example, I paid $350 per month in the town of Nathon.

On average, however, you can expect to pay about ฿14,140 ($396.52) per month for a one-bedroom in the center of Chaweng or ฿13,000 ($364.56) outside of the city. A 3-bedroom averages ฿42,500 ($1,191.81) in the popular areas or ฿36,666 ($1,028.21) a bit away. Many times, utilities are not included.

The easiest way to find apartments is through Airbnb or via private rental companies.


If you’re looking for something a little more private or have a family and a larger budget, renting a house is a great choice. There are gorgeous houses for rent scattered all around the island, many with amenities such private pools and outdoor baths.

Since it’s an entire home you’re renting, prices are a little more steep. Expect to pay around $900-$1,800 per month, depending on what you’re looking for. And you’ll probably have to pay extra for utilities and cleaning…

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